An advocate for the oil and gas industry has said North Sea energy firms are “not the enemy” amid growing pressure on politicians to adopt tough measures in the fight against climate change. Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil and Gas UK (OGUK), said members of the industry are not the “baddies” and could play a leading role in delivery of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in the UK and 2045 in Scotland. Environmental groups such as Greenpeace have called for drilling to be stopped in the North Sea amid estimates that up to 20bn barrels of oil are still to be recovered from UK waters. Green campaigners claim that opening new fields would nearly quadruple oil and gas emissions.
Times 7th July 2019 read more »
Labour’s new shadow climate change minister has accused the SNP Scottish Government of failing to put its climate change rhetoric into action after a licence to frack for gas in Scotland was renewed this week. Danielle Rowley, the Midlothian MP who was appointed to the newly created brief last month, said her party’s plan for a “Green Industrial Revolution” would bring jobs to economically depressed parts of the country that voted to leave the EU and help return Leave voters to Labour. Rowley highlighted the Scottish Government’s decision to extend an existing licence to frack for gas near Falkirk for a year despite announcing an “effective ban” on fracking in Scotland two years ago. That moratorium was shown to have no legal weight after it was challenged at the Court of Session by Ineos.
Scotsman 7th July 2019 read more »